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Oliver James A Senior Pug Rescue Adoption Love Story

We recently asked on our facebook page did Did you purposefully choose to get your dog breed or was it just random?   Julie answered  Purposely. I looked forever at shelters and rescue groups to find a pug 🙂 found a 6yr old one at the shelter finally. He’s 12 now and I am totally in love with him.  

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Julie also shared in more detail her adoption story of Oliver James and how she fell in love

I adopted my pug from Second Chance in East Brookfield MA. I had just lost my Boston terrier and was not ready to get another dog. But knew I eventually wanted a pug. I had a younger Boston still so I was just going to spend time with her even tho she was sad without her older brother. So i had decided to volunteer at the shelter with my niece and we went to orientation one Saturday morning and while they were showing us around the dog room, every dog was barking and getting excited that people were there except one little pug who was in the back of his kennel with a look on his face like “omg what is going on” So we were just staring at each other lol. He reminded me of my Boston a little he was the same way and get nervous sometimes. Once we left I could not stop thinking about him. So I filled out the application and was approved in no time. Had a meet and greet with my other dog and they got along great. He had some medical issues that they had to finish up treating (lyme, some teeth removed and he had to be neutered) once he was medically cleared he came home and it seems like he has always been with me. Everyone thought I was crazy because he was already 6yrs old but he is now 12yrs old and his only medical issue he has had was a positive mast cell tumor on his leg that Tufts removed 2yrs ago and so far so good. He has made me only want to adopt older dogs from now on. I love the seniors.

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About Second Chance Animal Shelter

We are a no-kill animal shelter located in MA. In addition to our Adoption Center, we also operate a Wellness Center Veterinary Clinic in North Brookfield as well as Springfield MA. Through our many programs, we help over 26,000 pets a year. Our programs include adoption, low cost spay/neuter, veterinary care, community outreach programs, educational outreach to schools and youth groups, training, and a pet food pantry. We have a unique innovative approach to helping animals that is revolutionizing animal welfare. Our goal is to keep pets out of shelters in the first place by providing services within the community. Our reach goes beyond MA and we help wherever we can. Our approach is to get to the root causes of animal suffering and provide the services where they are needed to help prevent homelessness, overpopulation, and suffering. We are one of only a handful of shelters across the country that are now leading animal welfare by providing subsidized veterinary care as one of our programs. This unique approach helps to keep pets from suffering in the community and providing lifesaving medical care.

You can view pets available for adoption here from Second Chance

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Donuts a Senior Dog Adoption

Our Midwest friends Susie Senior dogs shared this Happy Ending. So happy Donuts now has a furever home and family to live out the rest of his life .  He was adopted from  Ark-Valley Humane Society in Buena Vista, CO.

They shared the good news   about Donuts adoption  15994840_768517133304925_4512159392750349316_o

We are so thankful to Donuts’ new dad Matt who has taken him in to give him the best of what life has to offer, even with the understanding that Donuts time may be limited. Donuts is still in the early stages of his diagnosis but living in the shelter was very hard for him. And he didn’t want to be there any longer. Matt scooped Donuts up this weekend and they’ve already started living life as any dog would dream — chasing squirrels, long walks and man-to-man talks! 😛

Matt wrote, “He’s doing great and getting comfortable in the house. We just went on a long walk in Cheesman Park. He doesn’t act old, still chasing squirrels and full of life. He is the new mayor of Cheesman Park.” <3

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They shared his story

Donuts   is  sweet old guy is looking for a loving human who can give him a comfortable resting place for however much time he has left. Thankfully, the cancer has been caught early on and he still has a chance at living a good life. To an approved adopter (who can pick him up at the shelter, in the best interest of Donuts, no transport!), Donuts will have sponsorship towards his cancer treatment.16113306_770417026448269_6587539078765604733_o

Ark-Valley Humane Society wrote, “Unfortunately, he does have cancer and has not been adopted. 🙁 We put another plea, even just a foster, but none of our fosters are able to at this time take him. The cancer is a grade 1, so that means it’s not extremely progressed at this point. It’s a tumor on his right hind leg and it’s called hemangiopericytoma.

Donuts is an easygoing dog who has a ton of love to give. He’s a simple guy in that he doesn’t ask for much…just a loving family and a warm place to rest his head. Oh yeah, and maybe an occasional treat here and there! He enjoys taking naps and would like short walks with his humans. He has exhibited no aggressive behavior or growling, even with getting blood drawn by the vet, which is no fun for anyone.

He gets along with other dogs as long as they aren’t too high energy as they can spook him. He definitely perked up in the cat room, I couldn’t tell if it was playful or prey drive so I’d say possibly he could live with one, depending on the cat.

Donuts needs to get out of the shelter. It breaks our hearts for him to have to be here as he’s a senior and also has trouble seeing and hearing. We can only imagine the stress he’s feeling and knows what he needs now more than ever is a loving and safe home to call his own. Would you help us find a home for Donuts that will provide him the love and attention he so very much deserves?”

If you are looking to adopt a senior dog local, check out some of our recent stories on senior adoption below.

Ramsey a Senior Dog Collie Rescue

Our Midwest friends Susie Senior dogs shared this Happy Ending. So happy Ramsey aka Jumbo  now has a furever home and family to live out The Good Life.  ramsey

Here is Ramsey’s story

Meet 10 year old Jumbo!!! He’s one of the six dogs moving north to Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary in Canada this weekend and we just picked him up!
95 pound Jumbo is a smooth-coat collie (mix) who is intelligent, goofy, gentle and in need of a good grooming. He was originally found as a stray in Atlanta and now he can’t wait to start this new northern adventure and find his Good Life for his golden years.
“Come on, let’s go!!” says Jumbo!

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And a recent update

Remember heartworm positive , senior dog Ramsey (fka Jumbo)? He was a stray dog at a train station who landed in a city shelter in Georgia. He then moved to Canada, was adopted by Kaitlyn a couple of months ago and has been thriving ever since!
Kaitlyn brought 8 year old Ramsey home knowing that he had tested positive for heartworm and that he would require special care. This week Ramsey started his treatment under vet supervision and we are so happy to report he has successfully made it through round one!! Two more sessions for big boy Ramsey, and with the care of his amazing family we know he is going to do just great!13051656_615606828595957_4600610448608493571_n
Kaitlyn wrote, “Ramsey seems much more himself today. He’s more energetic (although, as always, still laid back) and he’s eating well. He’s only allowed short pee breaks, and he needs them often, but we went out and enjoyed some sunshine today. I love seeing his face when he smells the breeze.
The day at the vet’s slowed him down, and I think the pills really affect him so the double dose of injections in 30 days will be a trial. But the end is in sight!
Also – he hasn’t lost weight like I thought, he’s stayed about the same. But the vet said that’s good considering the prednisone can make him gain weight. That’s the best we can ask for at the moment!”

If you are looking to adopt a senior dog local, check out some ofour recent stories on senior adoption below.

Callie a Senior Dog Pet Adoption Success

Most dogs in shelters and rescues have been there anywhere from a few days to several months.  Callie. a senior black lab  was in foster care with Broken Tails Rescue  for over 2 years  and finally adopted in December 2015.   Callie a Senior Dog Pet  Adoption Success

Hi, I’m Callie and I’m living at Broken Tail Rescue, Inc. in Lunenburg, Mass., where the vet thinks I’m around 10 years old.
Now, we were talking about love, right? Let me tell you about it!
I LOVE walks and hikes… and I also LOVE hanging out indoors, playing with my toys and cuddling with you!
I also LOVE going for car rides, and learning new things – my foster mom says I’m super-smart! Since coming to live with her, I’ve learned “sit,” “stay,” “down,” how to ring a bell when I need to go outside, and how to balance her checkbook.
(One of those things isn’t true… can you guess which one?)
I wish I could say I love other pets, but I probably should be an only pet.
You can talk about that with my friends, or set up a meeting, if you email info@brokentailrescue.org. I’d sure LOVE that!
Love, Callie

Broken Tails did a great You Tube video Callie


Here is their great news

After over 27 months in foster care, we are happy to announce that Callie has been adopted. We have waited to make this wonderful annoucement to make sure that the adoption would stick and it looks like Callie is finally in her forever home. We will miss you Callie but we know you are off to better adventures with a family of your own who will spoil you.

A note from Callies new mama

Great big thank you to Broken Tail Rescue and especially Callie’s wonderful foster mother for all of her help in transitioning Callie into my home. Callie is a sweet girl and a giant mush and I’m so happy to have her join my home. Thank you!!! Thank you also for all of the wonderful love and support here.

What is Broken Tail Rescue?

Broken Tail Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers in Massachusetts. We save dogs and cats from euthanasia and find them loving, happy homes. We focus on local animals in the New England area primarily but we also assist southern dogs as well when space permits. If you are looking to adopt a dog or cat, look no further!

Help Broken Tail Rescue Save More Animals by Fostering!

Because Broken Tail Rescue does not have a shelter, we rely solely on our foster home network to provide a safe and stable temporary home to get them ready for adoption. It’s simple: the more people who open their homes for fostering, the more animals we can save. It’s a rewarding way to give to our organization and it’s a critical part of what we do. Most importantly, it’s fun! For more information please visit our volunteer page.

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Thor a Senior Dog Adoption Happy Ending

Adopting a senior dog makes you an awesome person says one senior adoption dog rescuer.  We love sharing Happy Adoption stories but Senior  dog adoption stories are even more special.  Scituate Animal Shelter recently shared this update.  Thor a Senior Dog Adoption Happy Ending

Thor, a very healthy senior, 13 yr old lab had experienced enough in his recent past that it’s a miracle he hasn’t lost his smile. Thor originally came into the shelter when his beloved owner passed away.
At first, Thor struggled and who could blame him. He made incredible strides though and was ready to find his new, forever home.
Drumroll, please!

Thor was officially adopted by his new family this weekend after a trial visit. Our handsome senior guy is living in Hingham with his new mom and 2 adult human siblings. We’re so happy for Thor and his new family!

Scituate Animal Shelter

A bequest from Eleanor Haughey, a Scituate resident and quiet supporter of the Friends of the Scituate Shelter, Inc. made the dream of the Scituate Animal Shelter a reality! Through her legacy, funds were made available for the 1992 construction of a no-kill shelter, first located on a town parcel on the Driftway and lovingly named the Eleanor R. Haughey Animal Shelter.

As the Shelter grew, it became necessary to expand from our humble beginnings on the Driftway. Through the compassion, generosity, hard work and drive of all of our wonderful supporters and volunteers, we were able to relocate to our current address at 780 Chief Justice Cushing Highway (Rt. 3A) in Scituate, Massachusetts.

If you are looking to adopt

We provide exceptional guidance in helping you to select the right pet for you and your family. Our Shelter Director knows each animal “personally” and will get to know you too! This way, we create the best fit for both the new owner and the animal. Our ultimate goal is to match the right animal with the right “forever family”.

Our animals have been thoroughly screened. Every animal goes home with all medical records received during his/her time at the shelter, and many come with previous veterinary records which are forwarded to the new owner. All cats and kittens over 6 months of age are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and screened for FIV and FELV, in addition, all felines are de-wormed and de-flea’d. Dogs and puppies over 6 months of age are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies and distemper, and are screened for heartworm. In addition, our dogs’ behavior and temperament is professionally evaluated by our trainer. Every dog has a “report card” which highlights the animal’s personality and some considerations for a new owner. To help you find the best fit, we advise you on categories like energy level, leash manners, how they react to children, cats and other dogs. Each animal that is adopted from our shelter goes home with a free bag of Science Diet pet food.

Check out all the pets available foradoption at Scituate Animal Shelter